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3 years?!

Scrolling through my Instagram this afternoon, I realized I started blogging 3 years ago! And of course, I then went “oh my goodness, I need to post my blog-a-versary giveaway!!”

So, here it is….in the honor of spring, Kate Spade’s spring florals (specialty) and lemons (outlet), a fun giveaway to celebrate those that have read my drivel for quite some time! First, the “loot”:

I will have 3 prizes, for 3 winners! In order of photos:

Grand Prize: Kate Spade Postcards, Lemon Coin Purse & Floral Necklace. The postcards are from the specialty shops, the coin purse is from the newest outlet collection, and the necklace, I honestly don’t remember, except it IS an outlet piece.

2nd Prize: JCrew Flower Belt/ Headband, Kohls Necklace, and EOS 3-pack.

3rd Prize: 3 Juicy Couture Bracelets

Now, some rules

  1. Must post a comment on this blog post.
  2. Bonus entry for following my blog.
  3. Additional entry if you send me an email! (katespadegirlblog at gmail dot com)
  4. Additional entry for reposting the photo BELOW the “rules” on Instagram, tagging me (@katespadegirlblog), and using hashtag #katespadegirlbloggiveaway You may post once each day on Instagram for additional entries. Share with your friends!
  5. Open to anywhere that accepts mail from the U.S. If I can mail it, you can enter! (Just may take longer to arrive)
  6. All prizes were provided by me, and have no cash value. This is not a sponsored post, unless you count sponsored by ME as “sponsored”. I choose prizes based upon my preferences and what I felt was appropriate.
  7. There are no prize substitutions. 
  8. Ends on March 15, 2015 at Midnight PST. Please note any entries via email, Instagram, or comments on this page time stamped after that will NOT be counted. 

Photo for Instagram:

And finally, I want to thank ALL my readers for following along on my adventures. I try to respond to every comment, email, and post on Instagram, but please know if I did not respond, I did see your words, and I appreciate every single one of them, I just do not always get a chance to respond. Blogging is a hobby, and so it is not always top priority in my day!

Good luck!



Oh Friday, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!

1. Tomorrow I can sleep past 5:30am!
2. Tomorrow I don’t have to leave my house by 7am to take kids to school
3. Tomorrow I can catch up on laundry and housework!
4 I get to make LOTS AND LOTS of French Macarons this weekend!

I know, I know. I have issues. But this:


It’s a perfect macaron shell(which only took what, THREE YEARS to perfect?!) with a clementine orange infused white chocolate buttercream. I only made like 6, as a test? BUT IT WAS AMAZING. I am super sad I didn’t keep them all for myself. Alas, I had orders. But I will make extra this weekend for next week!

What I wore today:




Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

I forgot to check the weather this morning (bad when you live in a potentially windy desert), but luckily this adorable little dress stood up to the 15-20mph gushing wind. Whew! I really need to sew weights into some of my dress hems.

Don’t forget, my giveaway goes through Sunday:


Details here!

Until next time,


Black + White + Two Outfits

Yes, today was a TWO outfit day. I had a meeting earlier in the day that I felt required more “dress”.






Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade Emma in Black
Belt: Alannah Hill
Shoes: Kate Spade
Necklace: Kate Spade (outlet exclusive from late last year)
Handbag: Wise Owl Quinn

But then I came home and changed to cook dinner & haul kids around(I know! But it was also super warm and this is a lighter dress):




Cardigan: Kate Spade (same worn earlier in the day)
Dress: Banana Republic
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Don’t forget to enter my Valentine’s Day Giveaway!!

Until next time,


Mid-Week + Valentine Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday! First what I am wearing today:




Cardigan: Ross
Dress: Kate Spade Gayle (outlet exclusive)
Belt: Kate Spade
Shoes: Christian Louboutin, strassed in Green Tourmaline
Necklace: Target

And for the fun part today, my Valentine’s Day Giveaway!!! Super easy, super fun. Rules as follows:

1. Entries: comment on this post for an entry. Additional entries by: reposting photo below on Instagram (hashtag: katespadegirlvalentinegiveaway and tag me: katespadegirlblog), send me an email (Katespadegirlblog at gmail dot com), or tweet, using the hashtag above! (Yes I have a Twitter, that I ALWAYS forget to use!!)

2. Open to anyone, anywhere. However if you live outside of the U.S., I cannot guarantee delivery. (Just a small disclaimer!)

3. Ends at Midnight PST on Sunday February 8th. Winner will be announced on or before February 10th.

4. Prize is provided by me, and has a value under $100.

And now the prize:


Bracelet from Target, Starbucks Gift Card, Vintage Beaded Coin Purse, and JCrew Flower belt/headband.

Good luck!

Until next time,


Giveaway Winner!

And even though it is SUPER late, it IS still the 22nd here in California!!!

To calculate a winner I assigned each entry a number (based on when they were received by me), and used

And the winner is…..

Faith Giambattista, an entry received via e-mail. Faith, send me an email with your shipping address please, and I will send this your way:


In other news my husband is starting a new job (and oh what a wonderful blessing it turned out to be!! I am super excited his commute is dropping to 10 miles vs 43 miles! Hello lunch dates!!!!), and they were kind enough to invite us to their Christmas party this past weekend (even though he doesn’t start until next year!). I wore some lovely sequins, AND we took some fun crazy photos:




We are just a couple of goofballs!!! I was exhausted from spending 15 hours at Disneyland on Friday, but managed to keep the yawns at bay until we got in the car! Sunday I wore the same dress for the Christmas Eve dinner shopping run:







Cardigan: JCrew Kids
Dress: Kate Spade (via Bloomingdales. Who has excellent customer service I might add!) It’s on sale right now too!
Shoes: heels-Kate Spade (what I wore Saturday night), flats-Christian Louboutin (they are this gorgeous navy blue with swirls of glitter, like a night sky! You cannot tell in photos)

I have been regulated to the backseat now that my teenager is driving:


And I made a bazillion cake pops yesterday AND my salted chocolate chip cookies. All that’s left for Christmas Eve is the pumpkin pie!!





I did not take an outfit shot today, I’ve been struggling with a wicked migraine and admit to coming home from work and putting on PJs earlier than I care to admit!!! Are you working this week? It hardly feels like Christmas is just two days away. As a kid you never think the magic will go away, but it totally does!!!! Frankly I’m more excited about a 4-day weekend. Tax season starts in January and so the break is very welcome!

Congratulations Faith!

Until next time,



Oh yes, finally, that long anticipated moment by parents and kids alike in the month of December, school holidays!!! Our school is unique in the fact my kids get 3 weeks off. 3 glorious weeks of NOT leaving my house at 7am for the school run! 3 weeks of NO homework! I’m so excited, in fact this is the first time they have gone on break that I haven’t dreaded it. Being a parent is hard for me at times, but as the kids get older, ken joy it more and more.

So, that said, a few things. First outfit recaps, and then FINALLY, my very belated holiday giveaway announcement!!!





Cardigan: Ross
Shirt: Banana Republic
Belt: Target (kids department!)
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: Kate Spade

And today: (I went shopping, hey, wanted to look festive!!!)




Cardigan: Kate Spade
Dress: Kate Spade
Shoes: Jimmy Choo

And for my holiday giveaway. There will be one prize:


Some “favorite” things (Sugarfina Candy, Starbucks, and “something sparkly”! Prize is provided by me and is not sponsored.


1. Open to anyone anywhere (although out of the country, may arrive in the middle of January, fair warning!).

2. To enter: Comment on this post. Repost the photo on Instagram, hashtag: katespadegirlholidaygiveaway and tag me “katespadegirlblog”. Please be advised I cannot see your repost if your account is private. Additional entry by sending me an email: Katespadegirlblog at gmail dot com.

3. Starts today, ends on Sunday December 22 at Midnight PST. I will announce the winner on Monday December 23, and ship out as soon as winner contacts me with their address.

Good luck!!!!!

Until next time,


Monday Musings

Oh my, it’s Monday (DUH), and that means we are on the last half of summer vacation. In three short weeks the kids go back to school! In fact, school activities have already begun.

What I wore today:






Dress: Calvin Klein, under $10
Belt: Anthropologie, $16 on sale (picked it up in Newport this past Saturday, I’ve been eyeing the beaded belts there for ages!!)
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Gozul flats (which I have in many many colours, so comfortable!)

No Jewlery today, fighting a migraine, and the weight on my neck makes me even more miserable. We are having the most wretched weather for our area, I just want to crawl into an ice bath and come out when it’s all over.

As I have not heard from the two winners of my giveaway, I have re-chosen using Please email me by this Friday to claim your prize!

New winners:

1. Liz @ Shopping My Closet (comment)

2. Robin (email entry)

Ladies, please email me to claim your prizes!

Until next time,